Bipartisan legislation recently introduced by U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) would expand affordable dental care options for Americans living in states without a state-run health insurance market.
“Dental care is a pent-up need in our society,” Senator Cassidy said Aug. 12. “This bill increases access to dental insurance for those who otherwise would not have it.”
On August 2, Sen. Cassidy co-sponsored the Improving Access to Dental Insurance Act, S. 4739, with the bill’s sponsor, U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), to allow others to enroll in stand-alone dental plans offered through federal exchanges, according to the text of the bill.
Currently, the federal health insurance market does not offer such dental plans without purchasing health insurance on the federal exchange, according to information provided by lawmakers.
If enacted, Section 4739 would amend Section 1321 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to not prevent any qualified person from enrolling in such a plan offered through an exchange. , indicates the text.
“I am proud to continue my efforts with Senator Cassidy to reduce health care costs by introducing this common sense bipartisan legislation to allow Granite Staters and individuals in other states to purchase more affordable dental coverage,” said Senator Hassan. “As Americans grapple with high prices across the board, it’s important to take action to reduce day-to-day costs, and I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this bill. “
S. 4739 has been referred to the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions for consideration.